To become a good surgeon first be a good person

Dr Umanath Nayak, Fellow of the University of California, Davis (U.S.A.)  with over 25 years of expertise in managing Head & Neck cancer and related tumors and conditions. He is Chief Consultant in Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology at the Apollo Cancer Institute, Hyderabad and Co-ordinator of the Head & Neck Fellowship program and also renowned as the Best Head and Neck Oncologist in India.

Dr Umanath Nayak

To become a good surgeon
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MBBS and M.S. from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore from 1979-1988 and trained in Head & Neck surgery from premier institutes in India and abroad:
Kidwai Memorial Institute of oncology in Bangalore
Adayar cancer institute, Chennai
University of California, Davis, U.S.A
Memorial Sloan-Kettering cancer center, New York
St George’s Hospital, London
The Netherlands cancer institute, Amsterdam
Underwent Robotic Thyroid surgery training at EEC, Paris in January 2013 and Proctorship in Robotic Thyroidectomy with Dr. Woong Youn Chung. One of the first in the country to perform the procedure of Trans-axillary robotic thyroidectomy
Dr. Umanath Nayak
Dr. Umanath Nayak

Awards & Achievements

  1. Khandelwal Junior Oncologist Award for Scientific excellence, Indian Society of Oncology, 1992, Madras, India
  2.  Outstanding Achievement Award – Apollo Hospitals, 1997
  3.  UICC Fellowship Award – 1998- for project “Post Laryngectomy Speech Rehabilitation using the Provox Voice Prosthesis” at The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  4.  S.L. Jaiswal Best Video Award – Association of Otolaryngologist’s of India, National Conference 2002
  5.  UICC Fellowship award- 2008-for project “Speech & Swallowing Rehabilitation after Head & Neck Cancer Treatment, St. George’s Hospital, London
  6.  Started Head & Neck Fellowship program at Apollo Hospitals, 2013

Scientific publications

  1. Shenoy A.M., Hasan S., Nayak U.K. et al (1992), Radio – recurrent Laryngeal cancers – role of Salvage Laryngectomy, Pakistan Journal of Otolaryngology 8:63-65.
  2. Shenoy A.M., Hasan S., Nayak U.K., et al (1992) Neck metastasis from an occult primary – The Kidwai Experience. Indian Journal of Cancer 29:203-209.
  3. Shenoy A.M., Nanjundappa, Nayak U.K. et al (1993) Scalp flap – a utility and reconstructive option For head & neck surgeons. The Journal of Laryngology and Otology 107: 324-328.
  4. Kumari P., Augustus M., Nayak U.K., et al. (1995) Cytogenetic and viral studies in undifferentiated Nasopharyngeal carcinomas in patients of Indian origin. Indian Journal of Cancer.
  5. Nayak U.K., Donald P.J. and Stevens D. (1995) Carotid resection for invasion of malignant tumours. Archives of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery 121:1029-1033.
  6. Nayak U.K., Chowdary S., Sainadh B.S.S. et al (1997). Glomus Intravagale tumour A case report.Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 49:2:136-138.
  7. Nayak U.K., Reddy B.S., Chowdary S., (1999) Carotid artery resection and vein grafting for Malignancy. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 51:4:72-75.
  8. Nayak U.K., (2001) Provox voice prosthesis – The Indian experience. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology And Head & Neck Surgery 53:1:73-75.
  9. Nayak U.K. (2003) “Surgical management of some unusual parapharyngeal space tumours”
    Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery.
  10. Nayak U.K., Swain B., (2004) Myocutaneous v/s microvascular free flaps in oral cavity reconstruction.A comparative study. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 56:2:96-98.
  11. Nayak U.K., (2005) Head & Neck Cancer in India. Feature article, ENT News 14:3 July/August; 74-75
  12. Umanath K. Nayak (2011) “Tracheo-oesophageal voice prosthesis – A revolution in post laryngectomy voice rehabilitation” Feature article inMedical equipment & Automation, Vol 5; No. 1, Nov-Dec 48-54.
  13. Sekhar S, Nayak UK, Suhasini D, Rahul B, Mehrotra R. (2015) Parathyroid Hormone as a Marker for Predicting the Severity of HypocalcaemiaFollowing Parathyroidectomy. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg Dec;67(4) 407-11
  14. Somdipto Das, Umanath K. Nayak, Rahul Buggavetti, Shobana Sekhar (2016) Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of Accessory Parotid Gland: A Case Report Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Volume 74, Issue 5, p869-1100
  15. Shobana Sekhar, M. Vamshi Krishna, Umanath K Nayak, Chinnababu Sunkavalli, Arsheed Hakeem, Kausik Bhattacharya, Nandita Sesikeran (2016) 3 Drug Oral Metronomic Chemotherapy in Advanced Recurrent and Metastatic Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma South Asian J Cancer. Apr-Jun; 5(2): 37–47.


1. “Voice Restoration after Total Laryngectomy- Current Science and future perspectives” – Byword Books – published in 2009

Voice Restoration after Total Laryngectomy

2.“Clinical radiology of Head & Neck tumors” – Springer publications – 2017

Clinical radiology of Head and Neck tumors

3.Contributed 2 chapters in the book “Essentials of Head and Neck Cancer” – edited by Staffieri, Sebastian, Kazi et al – 2011

Essentials of Head and Neck Cancer


Dr. Umanath Nayak, and his team at the Apollo Cancer Institute, Hyderabad specialize in:

  1. Oral cancer surgery and reconstruction using the latest methods of reconstructive surgery to provide optimal cosmetic and functional results To know more click here
  2. Surgery for thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules (benign and malignant) and minimally invasive Parathyroidectomy To know more click here
  3. Trans-oral laser surgery and partial laryngectomy for early-stage Cancer of the larynx (voice-box)and pharynx(food-pipe)
  4. Total laryngectomy and surgical voice restoration To know more click here
  5. All types of parotidectomy and other Salivary gland tumour surgery To know more click here
  6. Skull base surgery and craniofacial resection for Paranasal Sinus cancer
  7. Surgery for neck swellings and other conditions of the neck and vascular tumours including carotid body tumour and paragangliomas

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